Last Updated: 06.56 AM, Feb 21, 2023
Rishab Shetty continues to revel in the success of Kantara as the film attracts a new honour for him. Recently, he was declared the Most Promising Actor by the jury of the Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival Awards 2023 for his superb performance as the boisterous leading man of Kantara. He would accept the award gracefully at the event held in Mumbai which also saw many bigwigs of Bollywood, such as Anupam Kher, Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan and others, in attendance.
Rishab Shetty would also pen an endearing 'thank you' note the same night via social media to share gratitude for the honour and also thank his producer Vijay Kiragandur of Hombale Films for the trust and the opportunity. He would also acknowledge the role played by his wife Pragathi Shetty (also costume designer of Kantara) before going on to dedicate the award to Daiva Nartakaru, the people of Karnataka, late superstar Puneeth Rajkumar and legendary director S.K. Bhagavan, who recently passed away.
"Feels honoured and Blessed to be awarded prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award for Most Promising Actor (Hindi)," wrote Rishab Shetty in the follow-up tweet.
However, Rishab's constant referring to his award as the 'Dadasaheb Award' in his tweet got his fans and fellow netizens slightly concerned! Many believed that the actor-director had confused the Dadasaheb Phalke film festival award (presented by a private entity) with the actual Dadasaheb Award, the highest honour in the field of cinema bestowed annually by the Indian government, and jumped in with quick responses to correct him.
"I hope he is aware "this is not that" 😅," wrote a user to suggest that Rishab might have mistaken one for the other. In response to this, another user wrote, "Until this moment I thought he did but, after seeing this tweet, idk 🥲"
Although one can't be exactly sure that Rishab Shetty has mixed up the two, and that it could all be an informal error while referring to the award, fans and social media users still deemed it necessary to point out the categorical difference between the two awards.
"Well done, sir. however, this honour is different from that which the Indian government gives on individuals for lifetime achievements in the film industry in the name of Dada Saheb Phalke. The only recipient of that honour is Dr. Rajkumar from Kannada Film industry till date," wrote a user.
"This honor is not an award given by the Government of India in the name of Dada Saheb Phalke for Lifetime Achievement in Film Industry. So far only Dr.Rajkumar from Kannada cinema has got this honour. It is an award given by a private organization in the name of "Dada Saheb"," wrote another.
Well, it would be interesting to see if Rishab Shetty corrects the error or makes any kind of response. On the work front, though, he seems completely occupied at the moment with the development of the prequel to Kantara which tentatively has been titled Kantara 2. The film is expected to go on floors in mid-2023.